Gary Lachman's History of Consciousness

Discussion of consciousness: what it is, what it isn't, Jaynes's ideas vs. other theorists, consciousness and language, studies of cognition in non-human species, etc.
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jpritikin
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Gary Lachman's History of Consciousness

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In 2003, Gary Lachman published "A Secret History of Consciousness." He discusses Jaynes (1977) in Chapter 13, but what I really like about the book is Lachman's survey of authors prior to Jaynes. My impression from reading The Origin of Consciousness (1977) is that Jaynes came up with his whole theory without much reference to prior work. Maybe that is what actually happened, but Lachman seems to find precedents for many aspects of The Origin of Consciousness (1977). I haven't read Lachman's book yet in detail. Once I read it, I'll post further thoughts.

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